Tuesday, December 20, 2016


Determination was my word for 2016.  I chose it the last day of 2015, and then I promptly forgot I had chosen it.

Until now.

I am determined not to forget a word I chose again.  The world won't let me forget, either.  In retrospect, it was a good choice for 2016.

The world has changed in these last 12 months.  It is grimmer.  We are going into a new year with a new President who takes office on January 20, and there is both hope and fear for the future.

Living in our new world takes determination and other qualities. 

It is time for me to choose a word for 2017 (assuming I do choose one).  In the meantime, here is my post from December 31, 2015:
West side of Binghamton, New York, 2015
It's time to sparkle.

I am blowing off the dust from my blog, which hasn't been refreshed in a while.  I updated my blogging template, as my regular readers (thank you for coming!) will note.

I joined a blogging challenge for the first time in several months.  I read several older posts for inspiration.  I went to a sparkling wine tasting, and tasted, for the first time, Dom Perignon, Cristal, and even the Pol Roger Champagne served at William and Kate's wedding reception.


DETERMINATION will be my word for 2016.  (My word for 2015 - DIFFERENT - well, 2015 was different, all right).  I'm being more careful with my word for 2016.  I am:

DETERMINED that I will attain certain goals, which I will not reveal to my blog readers.  (Why?  It is said you are more likely to succeed if you don't announce them.)

DETERMINED that the essential "me" will not be swallowed up by the need to help with the needs of my elderly mother in law and my developmentally disabled brother in law.

DETERMINED that I will grow my writing, and my photography, no matter what my personal challenges are this year.  Even if it only grows a little, it will be a victory.   Even if, at some point, I decide to no longer blog daily, the fact that I have for nearly five years is a victory.

This past year, I learned once again just how precious life can be. The 39 year old son of someone I went to high school with died in a freak accident, leaving a young child and a pregnant wife.  My best friend from childhood died from cancer. A former co worker is gravely ill as I write this, and probably will not survive her illness. It would be a terrible thing to waste the opportunities I have been given.

Of course, it could be just the Champagne talking, but I don't think so.  I was buoyed by a couple of recent comments on my blog, one by a reader who said she would miss me if I stopped blogging, and another one who extended an invitation. (That second person has no idea how introverted I am in real life but...hey, one can grow in ways other than blogging, too.).

I know I have something of value to share with the world.  I am determined to make a difference, small or large.

So....please join me tomorrow as I start a new year of blogging, and a year of determination.

Will you be choosing a word for the coming year?


  1. Trajectory...
    to use where I (and my clients) are right now to grow upward and in different directions.

  2. Thought provoking stuff Alana...I think I'll choose self-improvement for 2017, in body, mind and spirit!

  3. Thanks for the word idea! I do believe "Determined" will be a great word for me in 2017. I have several challenges ahead of me and keeping a determined state of mind will be helpful this new year!

  4. Maybe since you forgot about your word for 2016 you should give it another try and keep "determined" for 2017. Determination seems like a good thing to keep in mind.

  5. All the best and advanced happy new year to you Alana. By the way, nice christmas lights :-)

  6. I believe joy is my word for 2017. And I'm determined to find it again!

  7. How do you pick your word? Do you pull it out of a hat? I think there's a nice idea about letting the word come to you randomly. But I can see the choosing of one as well.

  8. 'Determined' is a great word. Inspiring me to come up with a word for myself too. Anyway, here's wishing you a very Happy New Year in 2017.

  9. I lost my word for 2016 too. Actually, I didn't really have one. My ex's sudden death and my oldest daughter moving out in June just left me..... dull.
    But, I'm also determined for 2017, but I think my word is Intentional. I want to do things with intention. Not just to do them willy-nilly.


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